Lansing's young team showed they're still growing into Lady Lions Thursday. The team, which returns only three players from last year's varsity squad, got shut out in a double header against St. Thomas Aquinas, 10-0 in the first game, 9-0 in the second.

We put a lot of balls in play in the first game but they were right at them," coach Valerie Chapple said. "We struggled in the second game, got a lot of strikeouts looking, and didn't get the ball in play as much."

The Lady Lions are 0-4 on the year.

-Ian Stanford

Imac can't find offense against McLouth

Imac softball coach George Johnson took an upbeat tone after his first two games as head coach, losses by the score of 16-1 and 15-0.

"I'm keeping it positive," Johnson said. "We're a young team trying to find our feet, and we have fun. We had a lot of errors early, so we'll want to improve on that."

Imac held McLouth's offense in the first couple innings of game one, but the Bulldogs opened the floodgates in the middle innings to invoke the 15-run mercy rule.

The Raiders' run came on an RBI by senior captain Claire Mallero. Katie Gillespie scored.

Imac, 0-2, plays at Doniphan West Monday at 4:30

-Ian Stanford

Pioneers can't make headway at Free State

New Pioneers softball coach Christina Lentz's goal is to make big improvements from last year's one-win team.

On Wednesday, that improvement was evident, as Leavenworth took a 4-4 tie going into the seventh against Shawnee Mission South, eventually losing.

Thursday's games were a different story, as Leavenworth struggled mightily in a pair of shutout losses against Lawrence Free State. They lost 15-0 in game one, and 9-0 in game two.

"I'm emphasizing defense this year, and we didn't play good defense today," Lentz said.

Leavenworth, 0-4, plays this Saturday at home against Olathe North. First pitch is at noon.

-Ian Stanford

Lady Rams start slow

It was a less than stellar opener for the Rams.

Pleasant Ridge only put together a combined four runs in both of their losses to Oskaloosa Thursday night. The Rams lost 9-2 lost 9-2 in the first game and 10-2 in the second. "We struggled because we have very young players," Pleasant Ridge coach Chris Robinson said. "We didn't hit very cause we have not had to much time outside, but we should improve with more time." Shyanne Robinson had the squad's lone hits in both contests along with an RBI double in the first game.

Pleasant Ridge, 0-2, will play at 4:30 p.m. Monday at McLouth.

-James Howey